Microsoft adds Acer and ViewSonic to its Android licensing program, working its way up to Motorola

Microsoft has continued to succeed in its efforts to convince Android OEMs to pay Microsoft for the privilege of using the supposedly open source OS.

Microsoft announced today it was adding Acer and ViewSonic to its licensing program, with the companies joining HTC, Itronix and Velocity Micro. Microsoft is said to be in negotiations with Samsung already, and being close to getting Motorola’s handset imports into USA banned.

Much have been made of Microsoft possible earning more revenue from its Android licensing than from selling Windows Phone 7 licenses, but if the rumour that Google makes $6 from each Android user holds true, Microsoft may be making significantly more than even Google from Android.


Thanks Milad for the tip.